Laparoscopic surgery has revolutionised keyhole hernia repair. As a consequence most hernias can now be fixed through a few tiny 5-10 mm holes in the abdomen. This has reduced the need for large deep cuts to the groin and abdomen. This had resulted in reduced pain, infections, nerve injury, scarring, time off work and recurrence. By placing the mesh behind the hernia defect the physics of the repair is also much better.

In some patients keyhole surgery cannot be performed and an open repair must still be performed. This is usually as a result of previous surgery which makes keyhole surgery impossible or dangerous. These decisions are usually made at your consultation.


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